Patric's Remarkable Journey: From Critique To Captaincy As Lazio's Current Best Defender Based On Performance

December 28, 2023

The exceptional displays by Patric are already well-known. Ever since Sarri took charge of the Biancoceleste team, the Spanish defender, who was born in 1993, has witnessed a resurgence in his performance. Establishing a strong connection with Inzaghi has always been a challenge for him: the three-man defensive system implemented by the former Piacenza coach hindered his development, leaving much to be desired. Whether deployed as a wing-back or a midfielder, he failed to demonstrate reliability. His lackluster form resulted in numerous lackluster and unfocused performances, leading to significant criticism in the past, and, in some instances, making him a target for the fans' frustration. However, with Sarri's arrival, the tactical approach underwent a complete transformation, compelling all the defenders to start afresh and comprehend the new principles of the meticulous Tuscan coach's four-man defensive setup.

Patricio Gabarron exemplified the transformative power of dedication, sacrifice, and diligent effort, as he single-handedly influenced an entire square to alter their perspective. Although the Acerbi and Luiz-Felipe pair nearly usually started first, followed by Casale and Romagnoli, the former Barcelona player continued to work regularly at his best, without giving up an inch, waiting for his opportunity and always being found ready. Today, 7 years after his debut in Rome, he is showing to be the greatest defender of the Biancoceleste squad in terms of performance, despite Romagnoli's injury and Casale's mediocre performances. Despite his tiny stature, which is unsuitable for a central defense, Sarri is allowing him to fully exhibit his qualities: speed of thinking, relentless hunt for anticipation, and outstanding technique in setting up the game from below. The coach's high regard for him prompted him to extend his contract until 2027 last summer.

In addition to becoming a technical leader, his presence has grown in importance inside the dressing room, as evidenced by his recent captaincy over Empoli following the injuries to Immobile and Luis Alberto. It is evident how much the Spaniard has grown into a team player; he makes himself heard among his teammates, offers guidance to newcomers, and attempts to keep the entire squad focused during games, encouraging and motivating them for 90 minutes. Patric took over Lazio in gradual increments, from the project's backup to the captain's armband. 

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